Posted by gardenergirl on February 22, 2005, at 20:44:43
In reply to OK, I guess this is my point..., posted by med_empowered on February 22, 2005, at 19:46:41
I'm really lost here. I've never heard that schizophrenia is entirely a biological disorder. Like every diagnosis of mental disorders I can think of, there has been evidence that shows correlations to biological factors and to environmental factors. It's all nature/nurture.
So, some scientists are exploring nature. Some nurture. I seriously doubt that there will ever be ONE answer in my lifetime. We're far too complex beings.
And I'm not following how the "cause" of schizophrenia relates to involuntary hospitalization. From my work and educational experience, a person must be a danger to themselves or others to be non-vol'd. Doesn't matter what their diagnosis is or how they "got" it, it's the symptoms, behavior, and support system (or lack of) that are the determinants. Being a danger to oneself includes not being able to take care of oneself.
Even if we were able to determine that schizophrenia, for example, is entirely nurture, that doesn't mean that biological treatments might not be affective in treating the symptoms. And it doesn't mean that someone might not be a danger to themself.